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Common Mistakes Runners Make — And Don’t Even Know It

By on August 3, 2014
There is always something you can do to improve your performance as a runner, such as practicing, eating right or just getting enough sleep. But, there are other mistakes runners make that aren’t so obvious — and could hinder your performance severely. So before you lace up those running shoes, make sure you’re not committing one of these common running mistakes.

Using the Wrong Type of Running Shoes

If you’re wearing the wrong type of shoes, you are going to notice you injure yourself a lot more. The best shoes are those that are purchased at running specialty shops where you can get a running gait analysis performed. Make sure you’re wearing running shoes that are the right size, type and form for the type of running you do.

Ignoring the Pain

Some pain is normal after a hard workout, but if you have chronic pain or you notice a pain that doesn’t go away, don’t just ignore it —get it looked at. Ignoring those pains could lead to worse injury and more time away from running.

Not Hydrating Before Going on a Run

Many people avoid water before a run because they think they will get side cramps. But, avoiding that water will do some damage. It is easy to become dehydrated while running — after all, you’re sweating. If you plan on jogging or running at least 30 minutes, then you need to hydrate before you start running. Also, if you’re going on a long run, bring along a water bottle to stay hydrated during the run too.

Ignoring the Warm-Up

For some reason, runners assume they don’t need to warm up. Even if you’re short on time, that warm up helps improve your running performance, prevents injury and just makes you feel better. Warm-ups don’t have to be some extensive routines either; they can be as simple as a brisk walk for five minutes before you start picking up the pace.

Running on an Empty Stomach

Your body needs energy to run. If you’re going for a long run, you should eat something at least 90 minutes before you hit the road. This gives your body time to digest the food, but also gives you fuel so that you can perform better during the run. Even a run in the morning should follow a light breakfast. Don’t assume that you will lose more weight running or working out on an empty stomach.

Readers: What are other common running mistakes that you can share?

Resources:
www.runnersworld.com/the-starting-line/how-buy-running-shoes
www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/exercises/the-importance-of-doing-warm-up-exercises-before-working-out.html#b
running.about.com/od/nutritionandhydration/a/hydration101.htm
www.mensfitness.com/training/build-muscle/should-you-do-cardio-empty-stomach

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